Building The Chumack Observatory
MPC Code # 838, Dayton Research Station.
“First 6 days of construction”
This 7’x7′ Observatory was constructed in only 8 days, with an occasional helping hand from my neighbor, the project was started and finished the first week in August of 1997.
I purchased a 6ft. fiberglass Homedome by Technical Innovations, and purchased the lumber and other materials from a local building supply.
Initially, I took some measurements and drew up a quick sketch for a 7’x 7′ building.
And the two dome halves ready to be placed on the building.
Homemade Backyard Observatory in Dayton
The building Inspectors were quite impressed, no problem getting this one approved.
A video monitoring system is also now in place for both video and CCD imaging remotely. And an alarm system was finally installed.
I even got the city to shield one of the local street lamps that was shining into my dome whenever I pointed east. Since the shielding I can now see with the unaided eye to 4.5 mag. visually from my backyard in the city. I can obtained 19th magnitude stars in 5 min. via CCD.
This is the first time in 10 years, that I actually can observe or image in less than 5 minutes on every clear night or even partly clear night, all without leaving my home!!!!. More Observing Time…..Astronomy Heaven is word I’m looking for…
I acquired the help of my friend Tom Bisque at Software Bisque for working out the necessary details in an automated system, Thanks to Tom and Software Bisque for the excellent software support! CCCSOFT, The SKY, T-POINT, Orchestrate, Remote Astronomy, Pocket Sky Software Bisque – Simply the BEST software on the Planet!!!
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